Stereo amps?

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  1. Jack Clayton

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    I'm considering switching to a stereo amp setup for my live shows. These days I gig with a silverface Vibrochamp, and I'm strongly considering getting a second one for this purpose. I recently asked around about good stereo chorus options, as that's a sound I use often.

    Can anyone tell me anything I don't know about whether this is a good idea, pitfalls to avoid, or gear choices that will make my life easier?
     
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    Nice if you've got a roadie to lug all that gear around for you.
     
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    Just make sure that when you're coming through the FOH that they've got your left and right amp coming out in stereo and not mono or the whole point is lost.
     
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    I don't have anything to recommend except this: Get a fully stereo chorus (so stereo input too), and use an MXR phase 99 as the start of the stereo portion of your chain. Also get a true stereo panning tremolo pedal. It's a magical effect, and a great basis for a stereo rig (My Stereo acoustic rig is mono effects> phase 99> Line6 Tap Tremolo>stereo doubletracker>stereo volume pedal> infinity looper> strymon bluesky> stereo DI)
     
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    Ground loops were the biggest problem when I was running stereo. You'll need something to isolate ground on one of the cables going to one of the amps.

    There are other options, some cheaper, but I found that this works very, very well and is versatile and rugged. It'll quiet things right up:
    https://www.radialeng.com/product/stagebug-sb6
     
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    He could put casters on his Vibrochamps and push them himself.

    Actually it would be kind of cool to get a blackface one for the second one.
     
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    Didn't George Harrison do something similar with a bunch of Vibrochamps?
     
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    The problem with running stereo in a live situation is that most of the audience won't be sitting/standing in the right place to properly hear the stereo effect.

    I have a pair of identical amps that I use at home when I want a stereo effect but for live work I've only ever run mono.
     
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    I used to run a Johnson Millennium with an extension cab. Using the auto panner created a subtle but lush chorus like effect, so Bricksnbeatles suggestion of a stereo tremolo is a good one.

    Also, one clean & one overdriven is another great sound.
     
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    If you're using the stereo set up to achieve "The Stereo Effect" (ping pong delays & such) you're right, but to really fatten up your sound or add depth it still can work.
     
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    I split through a Boss Stereo Chorus into a 40 watt tube Fender on one side and 40 watt tube Marshall on the other.

    Also use a 15 watt tube amp on one side and a Roland Cube 60 on the other when I don't need the volume of a big rig.

    Split into stereo through a delay pedal sometimes. Have to say I don't agree with one of the posts above --- even when straight-through no effects I still find it way better than mono.

    Surround-sound the band, trio plus singer, makes a huge difference.
     
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    I quite often take the extra stereo out from my Lexicon rack unit in the fx loop of my boogie rig and send it to any old amp - often a clean keyboard or bass amp. The extra amp does not need to be identical, just another sound source to trick the ears into hearing a different soundscape.

    It sounds huge.

    With panned echoes and decent reverbs you can lose yourself for hours.
     
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    'cause one Vibrochamp is enough of a burden, huh?
     
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    Oh actualy i see they're not that heavy.
    OK it's managable. Maybe i was thinking of a Vibro King
     
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    Radial makes an active AB/Y that will get you there too. As far as I can see, it's got all the features of the Stagebug, and is the splitter that you'd need anyway. I wouldn't risk a passive AB/Y switcher or a stereo out pedal for this application for the reasons mentioned.
     
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    This is the issue. Front of house and large PA rigs generally are almost always in mono because a perfect stereo field is too small of an area in a venue. In mono it sounds good anywhere in the room. If you have your own sound guy then fine but if you're relying on the house, well, I can see problems.
     
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    Get a ground lifting device/pedal, I often had hum issues using two amps. Also, make sure you amps are in phases. Strike a note and look to see if the speaker cone moves in or out. Then test the other amp for the same movement.
     
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    I play stereo sometimes, mostly in small places where i don't need to mic the amp, if i have to mic the amp i usually mic only one or i take only one amp, too much hassle to go stereo on p.a.
     
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    Oh no. I'd never attempt that. The whole reason I'm doing a champ is because my twin reverb was breaking my back.
     
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    I primarily play without a mic. Im a solo act, so I don't have to keep up with a band or anything. Mostly I do small venues.

    Another question on a related note: if I were to go with another amp instead of a matching pair of champs, would anyone have a recommendation? I'm considering a Gibson Falcon that's for sale locally. Any thoughts?
     
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